Monday, October 13, 2014

Alex Day and The "Past"

I posted an open letter to Alex Day yesterday. Today, I'd like to talk to everyone else.

First, you should know I'm not linking to the video. It's monetized, and I don't want to support that bullshit. I recommend you check out a transcript instead (original version via nerdswillwin, plain text version).

I have very little to say about it that wasn't already covered by neafcy in better detail and in a nicer way than I would be able to muster:


Despite having little of substance to add, if you would like to see my live comments (which I typed into Notepad as the video was running), I have included it under the fold, with only minor edits for style and clarity.

Warning: Capslocked stream-of-consciousness rant to follow.


YOU'RE SCARED OF TUMBLR?!?
DUDE, YOU ACTUALLY MADE GIRLS UNSAFE
PEOPLE HAVE ACTUAL THINGS TO FEAR FROM YOU

YOU SAY, "THERE IS A LOT OF ANGER AND FEAR AND PAIN IN THIS COMMUNITY"
THERE IS A LOT OF ANGER - AT YOU
THERE IS A LOT OF FEAR - OF YOU
THERE IS A LOT OF PAIN - CAUSED BY YOU
HOW DOES THIS ACTUALLY EASE THE PAIN YOU CAUSED

MOVING FROM THE ACCEPTABLE TO THE DUBIOUS
-- Example 1: extremely mild, made someone feel uncomfortable by accident/privilege
OH YEAH YOU EVEN ADMITTED THIS IS AN EASY EXAMPLE
OH YOU'RE NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT THE HARD ONES
OH OKAY

"WE DID SOME STUFF, BUT I WASN'T REALLY INTO IT"
HEY THAT'S NOT WHAT WAS SAID, DUDE. MINIMIZATION AS FUUUUUUCK.

RAPE CULTURE EXISTS ON A CONTINUUM

DUDE YOU CAN'T SAY YOU ENJOY PLEASING PEOPLE IN THE SAME VIDEO YOU SAY YOU DON'T CARE WHAT WE THINK OF YOU
THAT'S NOT HOW THIS WORKS AND THAT SHIT IS INCONSISTENT

YOU SAY YOU HAD PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO FELT PRESSURED BY YOU, BUT APPARENTLY THAT WASN'T ENOUGH TO GET YOU TO WANT TO "LEARN FROM IT" AND "NEVER DO THAT TO ANYONE AGAIN" - NO, IT'S ONLY WHEN "TUMBLR" GETS MAD ABOUT IT.
THAT SHIT DOESN'T EXACTLY DEMONSTRATE ACTUAL GOOD INTENTIONS ON YOUR PART

HEY NO, SEEING SOMEONE AS "STUFF THEY COULD OFFER YOU" IS STILL OBJECTIFICATION DUDE

"I DON'T THINK THERE'S AN OBJECTIVE MORALITY TO BE FOUND HERE"
DUDE
DUDE YOU PRESSURED PEOPLE INTO SEX
DUDE WHAT
WHAT
DUDE
WHAT
YOU MIGHT HOPE THAT *MORE* PEOPLE WILL BE EASED BY THIS VIDEO THAN ARE HURT
BUT YOUR MORAL OBLIGATION, IF YOU HAVE ANY, IS TOWARDS THE PEOPLE WHO YOU VIOLATED
AND YOU SHOULD PUT THEIR FEELINGS AND NEEDS IN FRONT OF FUCKING RANDOS ON THE INTERNET
YES EVEN IF IT'S A LOT OF RANDOS
IF ONE PERSON WHO YOU HURT IS HURT BY THIS
THEN THAT OUTWEIGHS A HUNDRED STRANGERS WHO FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOU

YOU SAY YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE WOULD FEEL LIKE THEY CAN'T SAY NO
AND THAT SHOWS YOU NEED TO FUCKING SIT DOWN AND LISTEN SOME MORE

I DON'T THINK YOU GET TO DECLARE WHERE WE GO FROM HERE
THAT IS UP TO THE WOMEN AND GIRLS WHO ARE PRESSURED
FUCK YOU AND YOUR DISMISSAL OF "ANGRY RANTS ON TUMBLR"
FUCK YOUR RESPECTABILITY POLITICS
FUCK
YOU

"I want to do my bit for the world," HEY DUDE, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO THAT, MAYBE YOU SHOULD LISTEN MORE AND TALK LESS. KEY WORD: LISTEN. NOT JUST ABSENT YOURSELF, NOT JUST CHERRY PICK WHAT YOU LIKE AND IGNORE WHAT MAKES YOU UNHAPPY - ACTUALLY FUCKING LISTEN AND LEARN.

YOU HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH OF THAT.
CLEARLY.

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